I wonder if Obama’s beleaguered attorney general wishes he would have followed Hillary Clinton and other departing members of the administration out the door earlier this year? Now, he may have no choice.
Attorney General Eric Holder may have lied in testimony given to Congress given earlier this month. Even if it was not under oath, the offense would be a felony subject to a maximum of five years in prison. The exchange actually happened with Hank Johnson (he of “imagine a world without balloons” and other greatest gaffe hits). This is what the memory-challenged AG had to say:
First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.
You see, Eric Holder is the kind of guy who remembers with fine detail what he did do to cover his behind, but when it comes to the actual main components of the scandal at hand, he just don’t know.
Except, Holder’s fingerprints are all over the search warrant filed to go after Fox News reporter James Rosen as if he was a criminal. It bears Holder’s signature, you see. And not just one, buttwo judges said NO before one signed off on the warrant, and the DOJ wouldn’t have even notified Rosen after the investigation!
As Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker noted:
In addition, the Justice Department searched the account for any Internet services Rosen may have accessed and records of “data transfer volume,” suggesting the government was looking for evidence that Rosen downloaded large quantities of potentially classified information.
The new documents show that two judges separately declared that the Justice Department was required to notify Rosen of the search warrant, even if the notification came after a delay. Otherwise: “The subscriber therefore will never know, by being provided a copy of the warrant, for example, that the government secured a warrant and searched the contents of her e-mail account,” Judge John M. Facciola wrote in an opinion rejecting the Obama Administration’s argument.
If it turns out that Holder lied to Congress when he said the prosecution of the press for publication of material “is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of,” the habitual line-stepper will be in career-ender kind of hot water. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy; Holder has pulled off more improbable escapes than Harry Houdini.
Let’s take a look back on Holder’s track record, which is more checkered than Ben Johnson’s. First, there was Holder’s refusal to indict nightstick-wielding New Black Panther thugs who stood in front of a Philadelphia polling station in a clear attempt to intimate voters.
Then, we had the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal that resulted in the shooting death of border patrol agent Brian Terry. Guns tracked by the ATF have been found at crime scenes on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, including the scene where Terry was killed.
Now, Holder is up to his eyeballs in the DOJ/AP scandal, which includes the secret surveillance of Fox News White House chief Washington reporter James Rosen.
The problem, of course, is that the day after Holder’s denial (lie), DOJ admitted that the attorney general personally signed off on the search warrant relating to Rosen’s personal emails. Moreover, in addition to signing the warrants, Holder vetted them – which means he can’t claim he just signed a stack of paperwork without reading it.
While Obama has shown stubborn loyalty to the loyalists in the Regime (See: Susan Rice, Lois Lerner, Victoria Nuland), he has also demonstrated that he will throw anyone and everyone under the bus whom he deems to be a threat to his administration.
Time will tell, but don’t be surprised if you end up seeing Obama’s good Chicago pal peering out from under the bus soon – proclaiming his innocence to all who wander by.